GOP Rep.-Elect Pleads With Republicans To Get Vaccinated As Polls Show Hesitancy

Written by on March 28, 2021

Rep.-elect Julia Letlow (R-La.), who gained the seat vacated after her husband died from the coronavirus, on Sunday implored Republicans to get vaccinated towards COVID-19. Studies present that disinformation and political bias are inflicting some social gathering members to refuse the shot.

Her husband, Luke Letlow, was elected to symbolize Louisiana’s fifth District in November 2020, however he died from coronavirus-related problems in December and by no means joined the brand new Congress. 

“Have a look at my household. Use my story,” Letlow mentioned on CBS’s “Face The Nation” Sunday morning, cautioning the virus “can contact each household on the market.” 

“There’s a vaccine that has life-saving capabilities,” she added. “I wish to encourage everybody to belief it and get the vaccine.”

Current polling from PBS, NPR and Marist discovered that no less than 41% of Republicans don’t plan on getting vaccinated, regarding public well being officers as states throughout the nation develop vaccine eligibility. Greater than 100 million doses of the vaccine have been administered, however the coronavirus continues to unfold all through the U.S. A number of states have rushed to loosen up precautions meant to gradual the unfold of the virus, at the same time as new, extremely contagious variants have emerged. 

Letlow’s public service announcement to Republicans was a reminder of the social gathering’s marketing campaign over the previous 12 months ― led by former President Donald Trump ― to downplay the severity of COVID-19 and unfold misinformation about treating it.

Trump, who was reportedly vaccinated in secret in January, repeatedly misrepresented how severe COVID-19 was and discouraged Individuals from taking life-saving precautions to keep away from spreading it. In an effort to deflect blame and political penalties for his dealing with of the virus, Trump understated the illness’s lethal results and led the Republican Occasion’s anti-scientific revolt towards public well being officers. 

Trump endorsed Letlow to exchange her deceased husband in Congress. Letlow mentioned Sunday that Trump and President Joe Biden have been “gracious” in providing condolences over the telephone. Biden, she mentioned, “shared with me he understood the ache that I used to be strolling via.”


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